Ok...I;ve installed xampp and love it....it does everything that I would like to do. One small irritation is that I can't get the mercury mail server to work. Probably due to a lack of understanding of what to expect.
However because it is a local installation with default setting of newuser and password wamp for the mail settings I would expect to be able to make it work out of the box by using default settings rtaher than playing with php.ini etc.
Could someone please give me the settings that I'm supposed to put into joomla in the following places.
Mail SettingsMailer PHP Mail FunctionSendmailSMTP Server
SMTP Authentication No Yes
SMTP Security NoneSSLTLS